It's long been known in Seattle that running back Marshawn Lynch doesn't wish to speak to the media.
Only now, with the Seahawks set to battle Denver for the Super Bowl title, is it a national story. Lynch has denied to speak to the media all season, until the end when he faced a $50,000 fine from the league. He showed up to Super Bowl's Media Day and spoke with reporters for six minutes, though seemed uncomfortable in the limelight.
While the NFL has rules for its players to follow when it comes to talking to the media, Lynch's teammate Doug Baldwin doesn't understand why the Skittles-loving running back should be forced to speak if he doesn't want to.
“What is there to get? He doesn’t like talking to the media,” Baldwin told reporters. “That’s not what he’s about. I think it’s ridiculous that the NFL forces him to do that. They’ve threatened fines; they’ve threatened suspensions that if he didn’t talk to the media they were going to come down with harsh punishment. I don’t get it. You get fined for talking too much, you get fined for not talking at all.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.